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Oakland Raiders Counting on DE Jason Hunter for Improved Defensive Line Play

May 29th, 2013 at 11:12 AM
By Nick Gill

The Oakland Raiders have made a plethora of changes along their defense this offseason. Among them was bringing in defensive end and hybrid linebacker Jason Hunter. With the struggles of the defensive line a season ago, the Raiders are counting on Hunter to make a positive impact.

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Hunter missed the entire 2012 season with torn triceps. Prior to the injury, he spent his last two seasons with the Denver Broncos playing under, now Raiders head coach, Dennis Allen who was the defensive coordinator at the time. Since the Raiders started OTAs last week, Hunter has been lining up at right defensive end with the first team. The veteran of six seasons has combined for 11 career sacks and 23 starts, all within his last three healthy years. He is using the OTA schedule to get back in playing shape and work on some fundamentals that the Raiders hope will garner future impact.

“Right now, it’s still the off-season so just trying to get my pad level right,” Hunter said after yesterday's OTA. “We want to get off, just all the little details, fine tune those things. Get myself ready for when the pads come on.”

This offseason the Raiders lost a large portion of their 2012 sack production when Richard Seymour, Desmond Bryant, Tommy Kelly, and Matt Shaughnessy were released or left via free agency. The only sure thing on the Oakland defensive front is Lamaar Houston, who is coming off a solid campaign last season. Despite all the departures, the Raiders did little to solidify the position thus far in free agency. They landed David Bass in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft and resigned 34 year old Andre Carter. Because of the lack of depth, Hunter will have a huge opportunity to contribute.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Andre Carter, David Bass, Dennis Allen, Football, Jason Hunter, Lamaar Houston, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, OTAs, Richard Seymour

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